willow pattern


noun

a decorative design in English ceramics, depicting chiefly a willow tree, small bridge, and two birds, derived from Chinese sources and introduced in approximately 1780: often executed in blue and white but sometimes in red and white.

Origin of willow pattern

First recorded in 1840–50
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willow pattern


noun

  1. a pattern incorporating a willow tree, river, bridge, and figures, typically in blue on a white ground, used on pottery and porcelain
  2. (as modifier)a willow-pattern plate
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